Minneapolis Museums & History

Minneapolis Museums & HistoryGet some unique perspectives on Minnesota history and the heritage of its settlers at one of these museums in Minneapolis. You'll learn about the first inhabitants of the city and their culture, the city's past and development, and you'll get to tour some impressive historic homes and buildings along the way. From art to cars, to history and culture, the City of Lakes has put a spotlight on something to pique your interest.

Hennepin History Museum
Take a trip through the Twin Cities' social history at the Hennepin History Museum. The exhibits explore the timeline of Hennepin County, from its founders to its inhabitants and their cultures, its communities, economy and more.

Address: 2303 Third Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55404 - MAP
Phone: (612) 870-1329
Web: www.hennepinhistory.org

Mill City Museum
Explore a big part of Minneapolis history at the Mill City Museum. The museum takes a look back at the time when the world's largest flour mill was in operation. Due to a fire, the original mill is no longer standing, however the museum is housed in a modern take on the old mill. The building is occupied with artwork and exhibits detailing the mill's past and its importance to the city - not to mention it's a gorgeous piece of architecture overlooking the river, making it a must-see for visitors.

Address: 704 South 2nd St., Minneapolis, MN 55401 - MAP
Phone: (612) 341-7555
Web: www.millcitymuseum.org

Weisman Art Museum
Check out the unique art on display at the Weisman Art Museum, part of the University of Minnesota. The museum is home to over 17,000 pieces of art in the areas of American modernism, ceramics, pottery, Korean furniture, and more. If you're a fan of specific types of art and artists, keep your eye on the museum's calendar for touring exhibitions and events.

Address: 333 East River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455 - MAP
Phone: (612) 625-9494
Web: www.weisman.umn.edu

Museum of Russian Art
Stroll through North America's only museum dedicated to it's namesake, the Museum of Russian Art. You'll find Russian art and artifacts displayed in unique, original exhibits that reveal various perspectives of the country's history and heritage.

Address: 5500 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55419 - MAP
Phone: (612) 821-9045
Web: www.tmora.org

Minnesota River Heritage Park
Get a feel for what it would have been like to live in the Minnesota River Valley over 150 years ago at The Landing in Minnesota River Heritage Park. The 88-acre living history museum is home to authentic 19th century buildings, including an inn and a grist mill that are open for tours. You'll leave this attraction a little more appreciative of modern amenities, like washing machines and indoor plumbing.

Address: 2187 Highway 101 East, Shakopee, MN 55379 - MAP
Phone: (763) 694-7784
Web: www.threeriversparks.org

Ellingson Car Museum
From the automobiles of the 20s to the American muscle cars of the 60s and 70s, if you appreciate classic cars and the rev of an engine, then check out the Ellingson Car Museum. The museum houses over 100 cars, trucks and motorcycles dating back to yesteryear for you to see, along with pictures, video, and memorabilia.

Address: 20950 Rogers Dr., Rogers, MN 55374 - MAP
Phone: (763) 428-7337
Web: www.ellingsoncarmuseum.com

Also...

Bell Museum of Natural History

Address: 10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 - MAP
Phone: (612) 624-7083
Web: www.bellmuseum.org

The Bakken Museum

Address: 3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416 - MAP
Phone: (612) 926-3878
Web: www.thebakken.org